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The paradox of school speed cameras

If speed cameras in school zones - and warnings of cameras -- slow down drivers, that's a win for public safety. But it also means the cameras won't generate much revenue, because speeding will decline. If the cameras create a ton of revenue because no one slows down, that means plenty of cash, but it also means the cameras aren't keeping people from speeding.

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Eschewing healthy lunches costs everyone

Our local leaders chose to give up federal lunch subsidies and not meet the new federal school nutrition guidelines. But decisions about what our kids eat at school are not just personal ones that affect one family. Instead, the leaders could have chosen to provide healthier options that could lead to the students’ sharing ideas at home and possibly increasing everyone’s quality of life and health.

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College readiness gap reveals core problems

Only 23 percent of Montana students met ACT college readiness benchmarks in all four subjects – English, reading, math and science. To improve readiness for post-secondary education, Montana education leaders should take a close look at what the best-performing states are doing and adopt best practices.

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To keep poor students in school, provide social services

Children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school. The key to helping solve this problem is to put dedicated social-service specialists in every low-performing, high-poverty school. It is low-cost way of avoiding bigger problems down the road.

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Schools should focus on teaching children to read

Nevertheless, one thing remains the same: If children have not been taught to read by third grade, they will pretty much hate school forever.

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Virtual schools plan raises troubling questions

The local funding is one concern about virtual charter schools: Although virtual schools obviously don’t require transportation funding or much in the way of building maintenance, they nonetheless receive a portion of that funding.

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ACT test results back up need for education reform

It doesn’t really matter if you can pass a test given by the teacher in a chemistry class, if the test itself doesn’t measure what is considered basic knowledge.

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U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

How can we move our students from simply being “good enough” to make it to the next step, to a level of excellence that allows them to fully compete in a global economy?

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U.S. Department of Education projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

It’s not certain that minorities will become the majority this fall in the nation’s classrooms because government enrollment data — as opposed to enrollment projections — won’t be available for a few years. Altered projections can throw off landmark demographic moments.

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Michigan reform plan isn't an attack on charters

The Michigan Board of Education has issued common-sense recommendations to increase accountability and transparency among charter schools. The legislature needs to make sure all state-supported schools are providing educational quality and are subject to the same rules. Those should be the only criteria discussed when we talk about education in Michigan, no matter what form of governance a school has.

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